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Jurgen Klopp signs new long-term extension at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has only been at Liverpool for 10 months but he’s already signed a new long-term deal to remain at Anfield for many years to come.

Numerous reports suggest Klopp, 49, has signed a contract extension which will see him and his staff — senior members Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz — remain at Liverpool until 2022.

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His original deal was due to run out in 2018 but in order to stop any speculation about his future, Liverpool locked him down for a further four years with owners Fenway Sports Group and John W. Henry saying “it makes perfect sense” to keep Klopp around.

The German coach arrived last October with the Reds struggling after a sluggish start in the Premier League. Although he only guided them to an eighth place finish in the PL, he did take the Reds to two cup finals in his debut season, losing the Capital One Cup final to Manchester City on penalty kicks and the UEFA Europa League final to Sevilla.

Not qualifying for Europe this season could be a blessing in disguise for Klopp and his team as they aim to push back into the top four of the PL during the 2016-17 season.

Speaking about his new deal, Klopp told Liverpool’s website he was happy to extend his stay on Merseyside:

“It’s hard to express in words how honored myself, Zeljko and Peter feel by the commitment shown in us by the ownership and the club in general,” Klopp said. “We are very much at the beginning of our journey, but to already have the connection we have with this very special place is incredible. I am the first to recognise that with this great commitment comes a great responsibility.”

Klopp has already made three major signings this summer with goalkeeper Lorius Karius and defender Joel Matip arriving, plus Senegalese winger Sadio Mane joined for $45 million.

He has also trimmed the bloated Liverpool squad with players such as Jose Enrique, Kolo Toure and Jerome Sinclair moving on from the Brendan Rodgers era, plus the likes of Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen and Christian Benteke could also be on the way out.

He is a man with a strong vision and passion for the game and now Klopp’s rapid integration at Liverpool has seen him rewarded by the hierarchy.

With stadium renovations set to be complete for the new season and money being pumped into management and players, bright times lie ahead for Liverpool. Now, Klopp and his players must deliver where it matters most: on the pitch. That’s always the hard part.

Klopp has won 23 of his 52 games in charge of Liverpool so far, with a win rate of 44.2 percent. There is work to be done behind-the-scenes but with a huge tour of the U.S. coming up this summer and Klopp able to take his first preseason at Liverpool, we should see a team that truly resembles their talented manager next season.

VIDEO: Lo Celso escapes red card via VAR after horror challenge

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Giovani Lo Celso can count himself a lucky man after his horror challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta wasn’t deemed worthy of a red card by VAR.

What on earth is going on.

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Lo Celso stamped on Azpilicueta’s leg as the Chelsea skipper slid in to get the ball and even though the Spanish defender was on the floor, Spurs’ Argentine playmaker had enough time to pull out of the challenge.

After a lengthy VAR check no red card was given as Chelsea’s fans, players and coaches looked on in bemusement after Olivier Giroud’s early goal gave them the lead.

Check out the video of the incident below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.


VIDEO: Giroud delivers for Chelsea v. Spurs

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Olivier Giroud delivered a stunning finish to put Chelsea ahead against Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge.

Giroud, starting for the first time since November, used all of his experience to run the Spurs defense ragged and provide a threatening focal point for the Chelsea attack.

The Frenchman, 33, jumped off the bench and had a goal disallowed by VAR in the 2-0 defeat against Man United on Monday but even after a VAR check for offside against Spurs, this time his goal stood.

Click play on the video above to watch the clinical finish.

It was a good job Giroud didn’t leave Chelsea in the January transfer window (as a move to Spurs seemed highly likely) after all.

Watch Live: Chelsea v. Tottenham

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Chelsea host Tottenham Hotspur in a massive London derby on Saturday (Watch live, 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com) at Stamford Bridge.

With Frank Lampard‘s slumping Chelsea in fourth and just one point ahead of Jose Mourinho’s fifth-place Tottenham, this is a massive game in the battle for Champions League qualification.

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Injuries are piling up for both sides but Chelsea’s lack of clinical finishing has hurt them for several months as they’ve won just four of their last 14 Premier League games. Mourinho knows this is a good time for him to take his team to Stamford Bridge, even with his own injury crisis to deal with.

Not only does the Mourinho storyline carry significant weight ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the Bridge, so too does the two sides’ increasingly tight battle for a top-four finish. As recently as Jan. 17, Chelsea enjoyed a nine-point lead on Tottenham, but the Blues’ current run of just one win from their last six PL games has seen that advantage shrink to a single point with the very real possibility of flipping two points in the opposite direction once the full-time whistle blows.

On the other hand, Spurs would already be miles clear if not for dropping a combined seven points from three games against the current 12th-, 19th- and 20th-place sides in recent weeks.

In team news Chelsea are without N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi who are all out injured. Olivier Giroud starts up front with Tammy Abraham only fit enough for the bench, while Chelsea have three center backs and Ross Barkley and Mason Mount come into the starting lineup.

Tottenham must do without Heung-Min Son for potentially the rest of the season after he suffered a broken arm. Mourinho must turn to other attacking options with Harry Kane also out until April. Dele Alli has been left on the bench as Spurs go with what also looks like a back five.


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Hodgson vows to sign new Crystal Palace contract

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Roy Hodgson has revealed that he has been offered a contract extension to remain at Crystal Palace beyond the 2020-21 Premier League season, and also hinted that he is highly likely to accept it.

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Following a period of turmoil and instability which saw them drop dangerously close to the relegation zone prior to his arrival in 2017, Hodgson has steadied the ship and guided the Eagles to 11th- and 12th-place finishes in his first two seasons and has them sitting just a point out of 12th with a dozen games to go this season. At no point in his tenure has Palace flirted with relegation, and that’s apparently enough to earn a new deal to remain in charge — quotes from Sky Sports:

“The club have presented me with a contract and although the chairman has been away this week I’ve had a cursory glance through it. It all looks fine to me so I am pretty certain that at some point soon we’ll sit down and get it signed.

“If I am going to stay, it will be because I believe funds will be made available because we’ve had the intention to improve the squad and the team for a while now.

“We all realize you can’t make improvements to the actual team without spending some money. But I would never make those type of demands, because you can’t make any guarantees in the transfer market.

“All you can do is have good intention and if I signed for another year, I would sign because I believed the intentions are true and that something will happen going into the next season.”

As for the transfer situation, that’s something that’ll need to be sorted out in very short order if Palace plan to maintain their current place in the PL’s hierarchy, otherwise they’ll learn a harsh — and quick — lesson about standing still while everyone else is moving forward.